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Top Stories of the Week - September 11, 2011

Real time integration of voice with data a reality for manufacturing firm

The VoIP enabler industry is one that is readily split in two. Standard implementations tend to focus on layering real-time video onto the distributed data LAN, built only for near-time delivery. That does not work well for voice communications. The Phybridge UniPhyer aims to improve upon this standard by layering the voice with the data in real-time.

One manufacturing firm found this approach to be a success and tapped the UniPhyer as its VoIP enabler of choice. Phybridge partner, Williams Telecommunications, recently announced that it had successfully helped the firm to seamlessly migrate to IP telephony with the use of the UniPhyer.

Fring integrates live group video chat to VoIP call menu

There is no shortage of group vide chat services available, and that number increased by one this week as mobile VoIP provider fring offers a service that rivals Google's Hangouts. There is a twist though. Fring allows users to organize their group chats around trending topics of interest.

Trisys releases Replay SIP - a cost-effective call recording solution for IP Telephony market

Trisys offers Replay SIP a scalable module of its popular Replay Call Recording solution that is easily added to IP-based telephony systems. As business adds IP phones to existing telephony systems in order to take advantage of cost efficiencies, access to phone application software is often lost or requires expensive upgrade.

Now with Replay SIP businesses can freely add call recording functionality for less than US$300 per phone. The small footprint, scalable product also moves Replay to the forefront of options for new, predominantly IP phone system sales.

Planning an IPO, cloud-based phone system RingCentral acquires US$10M from Cisco and others

Cloud-based phone systems provider RingCentral has accumulated US$10 million in new funding from new investor Scale Venture Partners and Cisco. The company previously raised US$45 million in funding from Cisco, Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, DAG Ventures, and Silicon Valley Bank.

RingCentral markets an advanced, cloud-based replacement for legacy phone systems in the form of a hosted business phone platform with voice and fax functionality. The platform includes auto-receptionist, multiple voicemail boxes, call routing, business answering rules, extension dialing, call transfers, and integration with Smartphones.

Flash content is now able on iPhones

Though unauthorized by Apple, it appears as though iPhone users will soon gain access to Flash content. Adobe officially released its Flash Media Server 4.5 at the IBC 2011 conference in Amsterdam, which the company says "expands on its mobile delivery options with the addition of iOS support" and will let businesses "use the same media and live streams to deliver full adaptive bit-rate experiences to platforms supporting Flash, as well as Apple devices."

Accessing Flash content through the new Media Server does not require users to go through the iOS Safari mobile browser, which Apple still has not equipped with Flash support. Instead, content providers will be able to deliver Flash content to iPhones and iPads using HTTP Live Streaming, the protocol that Apple developed to let content providers "send live or pre-recorded audio and video to iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac, using an ordinary web server."